Mason plans to buy Rayner Park from the county for $1.
In June 2010, the county decided that it was financially unable to keep up the park. Mason leased Rayner Park from the county for $1 a year since then and agreed to maintain it.
“Rayner is a safe and clean place where I feel comfortable sending my kids to play,” said Mason mother of three, Catherine Hammond.
The 60-acre park includes ponds, a playscape, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a sand volleyball court, open fields, picnic and barbecue areas. Enhancements that Mason has made since 2010 include the Mason Rotary Performance Stage, the replacement of three bridges, a basketball court, playground repairs, and the maintenance of fields and ponds.
“I appreciate the upgrades Mason has made to the park,” said Mason father Robert Bradshaw. “I bring my son out to play basketball at least once a week when the weather breaks.”
Under the leasing contract, “the county grants the city the exclusive option to purchase…the park for $1,” from Jan. 1 through December 2016.